Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thursday 01/08 A.M. Quickie:
Florida, Oklahoma, BC, Mangini, Celtics

Here we go. We can disagree about who the best college football team in the country is, but the team that wins tonight's game between Florida and Oklahoma will have the strongest claim.

The hype is around the offense, but the X-factor is the defenses: How will Florida's Top 5 defense handle Oklahoma's prolific no-huddle offense? How will Oklahoma's Top 60 defense handle Florida's prolific spread offense? (I think I just answered my own question.)

Believe it or not, I glazed over Tebow in today's SN column, instead focusing on this question of defense. I remain confident that Florida will win -- we know what kind of trouble that's created.

After holding back for a month, I couldn't sleep last night so I decided to finally indulge my inner (and outer) Florida fan with a series of written-late-night posts, scheduled to roll out throughout the day, so check back often.

Otherwise, more storylines you'll find in today's column:
*Praise for BC in canning Jagodzinski.
*Mocking BC for losing in hoops to Harvard.
*Praising the Browns for hiring Mangini.
*Mocking the Browns for losing(!?) Pioli.
*Praising ESPN for the Vitale-NBA experiment.
*Mocking the Celtics for yet another loss.
*Plus: Erin Andrews! Candace Parker! John Feinstein!

You can find it all here. More (much more) later.

-- D.S.


T.N. said...

Great BCS article from Bill James.

Matthew said...

As an Ohio State fan, this is painful to say, but I am kind of leaning toward hoping Florida routs OU. Thing is, that'd make 3 title game losses this decade to OSU's 2, and I'm hoping that will make people pay more attention to their bowl failures than OSU's (a loss would make it 2-5 to 4-3).

On the other hand, if Florida wins, your column will be positively unreadable tomorrow, and as I like reading your column, that'd be unfortunate.

So I guess it's a toss-up.